New Japan Pro Wrestling didn’t like losing Kenny Omega and other stars to All Elite Wrestling. The two companies remained distant for a while leaving fans to wish they could come to some sort of working agreement.
During Wrestling Observer Radio, Bryan Alvarez summarized the current situation between AEW and NJPW. The two companies haven’t announced anything substantial, but they are closer to being friendly now.
“The two sides are, how can I say this? So, AEW allowed New Japan to promote this Tanahashi/Jericho match using the AEW Championship belt. So, Tanahashi did an interview with Tokyo Sport and said if I beat Chris Jericho I want a shot at the AEW Title. Chris Jericho then did a response saying if you win I will give you a shot at the AEW Title.”
“Things have changed to the point where Tony Khan and AEW are allowing New Japan to use the AEW Belt on the show. With all that said I know everyone got very, very excited, but I fully expect Chris Jericho to beat Hiroshi Tanahashi. I fully expect that nothing substantial is going to be changing in the next couple of days, for the next couple of weeks, maybe ever.”
NJPW using the AEW Title for their storyline could be a big deal, but it might also be nothing. The fact is that those two companies were not close to any kind of relationship, but now that’s not the case.
The door isn’t fully open between the two companies, but it might be cracked. It might not be a great idea to bet any money on the two companies announcing a partnership anytime soon.
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